The Ace Community Survey is an ongoing annual survey with a core set of basic demographic questions and rotating sets of topical questions, in order to obtain better information on the makeup of asexual communities, and to track any trends in those communities over time. This website was created to be the centralized resource for the Ace Community Survey, where all past and future survey reports will be posted and archived. The Ace Community Survey Team is a small online-based volunteer team with data analysts, writers and translators, which creates the survey, publishes reports and runs this blog.
You can contact the members of the Ace Community Survey Team through our contact page here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first 2014 survey received a total of 14,210 responses (Aces =10,880 and Non-Aces=3,330), making it the largest known dataset on the subject of asexuality at the time. Every year since, a new survey has come out with a matching report , growing our data about the ace community and the asexuality spectrum over time.
The survey represents a convenience sample recruited via snowballing sampling techniques. Announcements containing a link to the survey were posted on several major asexual websites (AVEN, The Asexual Agenda, etc.), as well as in asexuality-themed groups on various popular social networking sites (Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Discord, etc.). Respondents are encouraged to share the link with any other asexual communities or individuals they know. The recruitment is focused on asexual spectrum respondents, non-ace respondents who encountered the survey are encouraged to take it as well, which provides the opportunity for some level of comparative data. The aim is to inform and be aware of the experiences of the ace community and everyone on the asexual spectrum.
It is crucial to note that the asexual spectrum respondents do not represent asexual spectrum people in general, but rather, the people who have sufficient contact with the community in order to have found the survey. Furthermore, some ace communities are over- or under-represented because of differences in recruiting effectiveness, from language barriers to the overrepresentation of young people in online communities. Lastly, the non-ace respondents do not represent the population as a whole, but rather, the kind of people who have contact with aces or ace communities.
If you are a researcher who wishes to use the data, or to have a raw copy, please contact us.